Georgia Senator: Military Rape is Just Part of "Nature"
In today's Senate Armed Services committee hearing, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) defended rape and sexual assault that occurs in the military, saying:
"The young folks coming in to each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22 or 23. Gee-whiz, the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur. So, we've got to be very careful on our side."
Well, gee-whiz. So Sen. Chambliss is arguing that 26,000 sexual assaults in the military in 2012 is just a case of "boys will be boys."
What could be more offensive, to men and women alike, than claiming that rape and sexual assault are somehow natural?
It's this type of thinking that truly endangers our service members and blocks any semblance of true reform to end sexual assault in the military.
It makes a dismissive generalization about the experiences of survivors of sexual assault in and outside the military.
Reports have shown the reality of sexual assault in the military and the numbers truly speak for themselves.
Sen. Chambliss now joins Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin, and Wisconsin state Rep. Roger "some girls just rape easy" Rivard (R), in sharing some of the most egregious and dangerous positions about rape and sexual assault survivors. But then again, we shouldn't be shocked.
Boys will be boys, right?